CSAC Bulletin Article

Judicial Council Allocates Funding to Help Courts Implement CARE Act

January 26, 2023

At its January 20 business meeting, the Judicial Council agreed to allocate state funding designated to help courts implement the Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act. The act allows specified adults to petition a civil court to create a voluntary CARE agreement or a court-ordered CARE plan, which includes treatment, housing support, and other services for persons with untreated schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.

Seven superior courts—Glenn, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne—will receive a share of $2,828,000 as the first cohort of courts that will launch CARE Act programs by October 2023. In addition to these seven courts, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County plans to work with its county partners to implement the act by December 1, 2023. While the council allocated the CARE Act funding it has also posted an invitation to comment open until January 27, on new court rules and forms to help implement the act. The invitation to comment contains the proposed rules and forms, as well as background information on the act itself and the courts’ role in the process. 

Other items on the January 20 council meeting agenda included:

Funding For Firearm Relinquishment Programs: Per Assembly Bill 178, the council approved grants to seven trial courts to help ensure the consistent and safe removal of firearms from individuals prohibited from owning or possessing firearms and ammunition under court order. The superior courts receiving grants are Los Angeles, Modoc, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Ventura.

Legislative Priorities: The council approved the types of legislation it will support to increase access to justice for court users, promote sufficient resources to improve remote access, adequate judgeships and judicial officers in counties with the greatest need, availability of verbatim records of court proceedings, and operational efficiencies in the courts. 

The complete meeting agenda and council reports are posted to the California Courts Meeting Information Center.

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